\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble
2 : to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)
3a : to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps
b : to walk with light quick steps
4 : to stumble in articulation when speaking
5 : to make a journey
6a : to actuate a mechanism
b : to become operative
7a : to get high on a psychedelic drug (such as LSD) : turn on often used with out
b slang : freak sense 3b

transitive verb

1a : to cause to stumble often used with up
b : to cause to fail : obstruct often used with up
2 : to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder also : expose usually used with up
3 : to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent trip the fire alarm
4 : to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free
5a : to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering
b : to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering
6 archaic : to perform (a dance) lightly or nimbly
trip the light fantastic
: dance



Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : voyage, journey
b : a single round or tour on a business errand
2a : an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)
b : an exciting or unusual experience the party was a trip
3 : absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind a guilt trip on a nostalgia trip
4 : a faltering step caused by stumbling
5 : a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing
6 : error, misstep
7 : a quick light step
8a : the action of tripping mechanically
b : a device for tripping a mechanism (such as a catch or detent)

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Examples of trip in a Sentence


He deliberately tried to trip me. The dancers tripped off the stage.


They got back from their trip yesterday. a trip around the world He was on an acid trip. an ankle injury caused by a trip
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Herd dropped two nonconference games to quality Power 5 opponents and tripped during two conference games while navigating some quarterback injury issues. Iliana Limón Romero,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 81 Marshall pushes to build on bowl win over USF," 5 June 2019 The tool will slowly scale the clock speed upwards until a thermal threshold is tripped; after that, the tool will stop, reconfigure the Core chip’s clock speed, and boot into Windows. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel teases 'Performance Maximizer' one-click overclocking tool, with insurance to back it up," 29 May 2019 There's also the risk of accidentally tripping your child with the tether. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Know About Kid Leash Safety, According to Pediatricians," 10 Apr. 2019 Hutton managed to stop Beauvillier on a penalty shot at 12:23 after defenseman Brandon Montour tripped the Islanders forward. Allan Kreda, The Seattle Times, "Islanders clinch playoff spot with 5-1 victory over Sabres," 30 Mar. 2019 These depleted Hawks are essentially like Steven Bradbury, the Australian speedskater from the 2002 Olympics — short on talent but hopeful the teams in front of them trip themselves up. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks should have embraced rebuild and traded Earl Thomas," 18 Sep. 2018 The collection, which reinterprets classic Versace furniture and textile designs with Bikoff's colorful flair, took over the fashion house's Vis Gesu this past week, where tastemakers tripped over themselves to get a look. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How Jennifer Lopez's Famous Grammys Dress Ended up as Bedding," 12 Apr. 2019 Watching Dom and Wendell control the season was often frustrating, as the other players seemed to trip over themselves to hand the duo the win. Stephen Fishbach,, "Wendell Holland Wins Survivor After First-Ever Tie Vote," 23 May 2018 With Federal Reserve data showing that student debt in the U.S. stood at $1.46 trillion in the fourth quarter, this is an issue that could trip up more young newlyweds in the coming years. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "How Marriage Affects Student Loans," 24 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

September 2015 After their vacation, Us Weekly reports the couple takes a trip to Atlantic City, where Shayk reportedly meets Cooper's mom Gloria. Kaitlin Reilly,, "A Timeline Of Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk’s Low-Key Relationship," 8 June 2019 For their final week in high school, the senior class took a trip to an amusement park and had a picnic at a local park. Washington Post, "From fire and ash to caps, gowns: Graduation in burned town," 6 June 2019 Hit the road: Take a trip with your mom or close friends to clear the air. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Gemini, Mind Your Money! Here Are June 2019 Horoscopes For All," 6 June 2019 As Crusher Fest approaches, lets take a trip down Memory Lane and review exactly why this cigar-chomping grappler deserves a statue as well as a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's why one turkey neck thinks The Crusher was the greatest," 6 June 2019 Spring Garden’s Green Soul, however, invites guests to take a mini trip to the tropics right from its mosaicked, multicolor bar-top. Grace Dickinson,, "The six summery drinks you need to try in Philadelphia this season," 6 June 2019 For their final week in high school, the senior class took a trip to an amusement park and had a picnic at a local park. Fox News, "From fire and ash to caps, gowns: Graduation in burned town," 6 June 2019 Technically, because passengers on cruise lines already set to stop in Cuba on Wednesday can go through with those trips, the government said. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump concludes UK trip, NBA Finals, 'Black Mirror' returns: 5 things to know Wednesday," 5 June 2019 Finance minister Bruno Le Maire plans a trip to Japan soon, one of the people added. Daniele Lepido, Fortune, "It's Not Up to Renault Anymore. Fiat Chrysler Just Withdrew Its Merger Offer," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of trip


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for trip


Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap

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English Language Learners Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit your foot against something while you are walking or running so that you fall or almost fall
: to cause (someone who is walking or running) to fall or almost fall
literary : to dance or walk with light, quick steps



English Language Learners Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a journey to a place
: a short journey to a store, business, office, etc., for a particular purpose
informal : the experience of strange mental effects (such as seeing things that are not real) that is produced by taking a very powerful drug (such as LSD)


\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Kids Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble : cause to stumble
2 : to make or cause to make a mistake Their tricky questions tripped us up.
3 : to move (as in dancing) with light quick steps She tripped lightly around the room.
4 : to release (as a spring) by moving a catch



Kids Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an instance of traveling from one place to another a trip to Europe
2 : a brief errand having a certain aim or being more or less regular a trip to the dentist
3 : the action of releasing something mechanically
4 : a device for releasing something by tripping a mechanism

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